Want to keep someone busy for a few hours? Make them draw
all the family trees for Stardust.
It'll definitely do the trick, since family is one complicated topic in this
book. We've got illegitimate half-human babies, arranged marriages, sibling
murders, long-lost children (stolen by a witch, naturally), and more.
Sometimes your biological family is really important—like
when it turns out that Tristran is the last living male heir of the Stormhold
royal family and he inherited their incredibly useful Faerie-navigation-powers—while
other times, adoptive family is all that matters. Oh, and Yvaine's mom is the
moon. We just had to toss that in there. And the moon is also somehow related
to unicorns. So, you know, good luck figuring out how that all works.
Questions About Family
- How would you sum up Daisy Thorn's feelings about Tristran in three words? Explain, providing examples from the text.
- Which family do you think has the healthiest dynamic in the
- If you were born into the Stormhold family, what would your
strategy of staying alive be?
- Do you think Tristran suspects that he isn't biologically
related to everyone in his family before he's told?
Chew on This
Like all fairy tales, <em>Stardust</em>'s
hero must come from a royal family.
Being separated from your birth family is one of the most
difficult things that various <em>Stardust</em>
characters go through.